Former House Speaker Hastert reaches settlement deal to avoid trial over hush money payments

Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert has reportedly reached a settlement deal with one of the men whom he allegedly sexually abused before joining Congress, avoiding a trial set to begin in Illinois.

Hastert was sentenced in 2016 to 15 months in prison in connection with giving hush money to the man whom he allegedly abused when he was a high school wrestling coach. 

He pleaded guilty to illegally structuring bank withdrawals for the hush money. Prosecutors could not charge him in connection with sex abuse because the statutes of limitation for the criminal sexual misconduct had expired years earlier. 

The settlement to avoid trial was reached Wednesday, according to the Chicago Sun-Times

A lawyer for the plaintiff, who came to be known publicly only as Individual A, said the terms of the tentative settlement were confidential. Hastert’s attorney declined to comment.

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